Strong friendships and family relationships are the source of some of life's greatest joys and provide us with support during life's challenges. Young children are often social from the start of life. They observe how people interact with them. They pay close attention to parents' facial expressions and tone of voice. And they develop appropriate behavior based on what they see. Parents can harness this innate ability, teaching children how to form strong and healthy relationships with empathy and problem-solving skills.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Four-Year-Old's Social Development
Empathy is a skill — one that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. Empathy means that we can imagine how someone else is thinking or feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Picture book author Anna Dewdney offers this wonderful definition: "Empathy is an understanding that other people have feelings, and that those feelings count."Learn More
Nick and Sally have stumbled upon one of Sara's inventions. When Sally accidentally sets the invention in motion, she worries she has made a mistake, but it turns out that she just helps the color mixing invention to work.
"Welcome to School" Daniel (Spanish)
Daniel makes believe everything in the school classroom welcomes him with a song.
Good friends provide us with vital social and emotional support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend — practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy and a good listener. These are skills kids can begin to learn at an early age. As Fred Rogers said, "One of life’s greatest joys is the comfortable give and take of a good friendship. It’s a wonderful feeling not only to have a friend, but to know how to be a friend yourself."Learn More
A Walk in the Woods
In this clip, your child can learn about using landmarks to orient yourself on a map. Otto and Olive search for landmarks to figure out how to get home.
Your child will learn that not all shapes have the same characteristics -- some are narrow and straight, some are round and curvy.
"Freeze" Dance Make Believe
Daniel makes believe he is playing "freeze dance" with his stuffed animals.
Practice Being a Good Friend with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn key social skills using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities